Section 18 Bypass
ElevationAscent: 294' 90 m
Descent: -62' -19 m
High: 1,796' 547 m
Low: 1,504' 458 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A high water bypass route for through hikers: actually shorter, but misses some iconic scenery.”— Peter Fleszar
Hikers will pass a gate, cross Babb Creek on a road bridge, and begin following the narrow dirt South Elk Run Road. There is a three car pull off on South Elk Run Rd, about 100 yards north of Arnot Road. Do not park on Arnot Road - there is no shoulder, and it is a narrow road with tight curves and an angry landowner.
Rejoin the MST (here yellow blazed) at Hickory Ridge Rd intersection.